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Heche, DeGeneres going separate ways

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Ellen DeGeneres and Anne Heche have split up.

"Unfortunately, we have decided to end our relationship," the couple said in a statement in Saturday's Daily News. "It is an amicable parting, and we greatly value the 3 1/2 years we have spent together."

DeGeneres, 43, was the first openly gay lead on television. A year after declaring her homosexuality in a Time magazine cover story in 1997, ABC canceled her "Ellen" series, citing declining ratings.

Heche, 31, and DeGeneres collaborated on an HBO film "If These Walls Could Talk II' in April. Heche directed DeGeneres and Sharon Stone in the story of a lesbian couple trying to have a baby — a tale said to mirror the plans of Heche and DeGeneres.